How to Load & Unload Equipment

IMG_0388[2]I’ve done a fair amount of work building tables using LVL material (laminated veneer lumber) as the tabletops. Recently, I was shown another great use for this stable and strong construction lumber.

I sold a huge planer to a up-and-coming woodworker who had attended a class with 360 Woodworking (here’s a list of classes we have schedule in the near future). When he came to pick up the planer with a friend, they had four pieces of LVL cut to the same dimensions and fashioned to hook onto the bumper of the pick-up in which they were to haul the machine home.

Positioned two-by-two and clamped using K-bodies, the machine was simply drug up the beams using a come-along. At no time did I notice the beams bowing in any way. The entire process was nearly stress free and worked like a charm.

Planer
Thanks, Brian & Greg, for the photo.

If you need to move a large, heavy load, think about LVL. Short of a fork-lift, this was about the easiest method I’ve seen for loading a woodworking machine.

— Glen D. Huey

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6 thoughts on “How to Load & Unload Equipment

  1. Glen,
    How are the clamps connected?
    What keeps the upper end connected to the vehicle?
    Mike

    1. Mike,

      The clamps are used to join and hold two of the LVL pieces together to form the ramps. Each ramp is notched to sit on the truck’s bumper as the machine is winched up. Because the ramps push against the rear of the bed, there’s no chance the ramps will slide forward. Coming off the back of the truck, the weight of the machine would hold the ramps in place, but I’d be making sure nothing slides on the way down.

  2. Glen,
    I thought the clamps were holding the ramps a specific distance apart, presumably to match casters. The second image shows the tool being dragged on its base, so specific distance is no longer a requirement.
    Thanks for the quick response,
    Mike

  3. Glen,

    Somehow I think the manual for this machine was not part of the deal!☺

    1. You are correct, Scott. I’m surprised that you remembered.

      For those who are wondering, I had cleaned the shop for visitors and slipped the machine’s manual onto the bed, under the cutterhead where it was forgotten. Unfortunately, Scott, in the shop to build a project, was the next person to run the planer. He flipped on the switch and Poof! The manual was shredded and in the dust collection system. Glad the Internet was up and running so I could download a replacement.

  4. Thanks for the ideas for loading heavy equipment . This sort of thing goes with woodworking. It seems we all have to do this kind of procedure .
    Thanks, elmer

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